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Prolific musical experimenter, premier league pop craftsman, tireless producer, runt, wizard and true star Todd Rundgren will release his new studio album ‘STATE’ on the Esoteric Antenna label via Cherry Red on Tuesday, April 9th.

‘STATE’ is Rundgren’s 24th solo studio album (and that’s not including the 2 albums he recorded with his first band the Nazz, and the 9 albums he recorded with his band Utopia!).

Todd’s latest musical vision is a fusion of rock, soul, r’n’b and electronica that is at once danceable, groundbreaking, spiritual, challenging and infectious.

The full tracklisting of the album is:


In My Mouth
Ping Me
Angry Bird
Something From Nothing
Party Liquor
Sir Reality

To coincide with the release of ‘STATE’ Todd will set out on a world tour, which will touch down the US in May.

The full list of shows is:

May 05 – Woodstock, N.Y., Bearsville Theater
May 08 – Norfolk, Conn., Infinity Hall
May 10 – New York, N.Y., The Gramercy Theatre
May 11 – Philadelphia, Pa., Trocadero Theatre
May 12 – Huntington, N.Y., The Paramount
May 14 – Kent, Ohio, The Kent Stage
May 15 – Pittsburgh, Pa., Rex Theater
May 16 – Columbus, Ohio, Lifestyle Communities Pavilion
May 18 – Cincinnati, Ohio, Bogart's
May 19 – Chicago, Ill., Park West
May 20 – Minneapolis, Minn., Varsity Theater

Born and raised in Philadelphia, Todd Rundgren began playing guitar as a teenager, going on to front The Nazz, the quintessential `60s psychedelic pop group. In 1969, he left the band to pursue a solo career, recording his debut Runt. But it was 1972's seminal Something/Anything? on which he played all the instruments, sang all the vocal parts, and acted as his own producer, that catapulted Todd into the limelight prompting the media to dub him “Rock's New Wunderkind.” It was followed by such landmark LPs as Todd, The Hermit of Mink Hollow and A Wizard A True Star.

In 1974, Todd formed Utopia, who were on the cutting edge of progressive rock in the 70s and developed into a very tidy power pop outfit into the 80s.

Rundgren's career as a producer has included seminal albums by The New York Dolls, Patti Smith, Cheap Trick, Psychedelic Furs, XTC, Hall And Oates and one of the best selling albums of all time, Meat Loaf’s Bat Out of Hell. Sealing his reputation as rock's Renaissance Man, Rundgren composed all the music and lyrics for Joe Papp's 1989 Off-Broadway production of Joe Orton's Up Against It (the screenplay commissioned by The Beatles for what was meant to have been their third motion picture), as well as the score for Dumb and Dumber and a number of television series, including Pee Wee’s Playhouse and Crime Story.

Todd’s annual musical summer camp, this year celebrating his 65th birthday and dubbed Toddstock v6.5, takes place near New Orleans on June 17-22.

Todd's Official Site: http://tr-i.com/

Todd’s Facebook: www.facebook.com/todd.rundgren.94?fref=ts

Todd’s Fan Site: www.trconnection.com/

Twitter: @toddrundgren

Toddstock Website: www.toddstock2v65.com


With a storming new stomp in their boots and a renewed, lithe swagger to their legendary sound, Saxon will release “Sacrifice”, on Tuesday, February 26th, 2013 through UDR. Taking a sharper, re-invigorated approach to the production, on this, their 20th album, Saxon have produced 10 of their strongest, heaviest and most inspired songs for many-a-year, and a more than worthy successor to their last album “A Call To Arms”.

“Less tricks, more power!” roars frontman and founding father Biff Byford, “my brief to the band was to be raw, be real and not be afraid to look back at the old classic material for inspiration.”

The album was recorded at LS Studios in Yorkshire and was produced by Byford with Andy Sneap mixing and engineering by Jacky Lehmann. It fairly bristles with muscular metallic intent, Paul Quinn’s and Doug Scarratt’s guitar work the best it’s ever been, while Biff’s vocals sound fresher and livelier. The songwriting too harks back to a classic era in Saxon’s history, with the likes of ‘Warriors Of The Road’, ‘Wheels Of Terror’ and ‘Stand Up And Fight’ evoking the halcyon days of yore with a contemporary twist, the classic Saxon sound absorbing the snarl, ferocity and attitude of contemporary bands (and fans) such as Megadeth, as evidenced by the crunching title cut ‘Sacrifice’.

“It’s certainly been done from a more early ‘80s thrashier perspective,” explains Biff, “and it’s not just guitars bashing away willy-nilly, they’ve got a fresh drive, purpose and perspective.”

Besides the new material, Saxon will also be adding some unique recordings of revisited classic to certain formats of the release, also produced by Byford and mastered by Andy Sneap, including an orchestrated version of ‘Crusader’ and an acoustic version of ‘Frozen Rainbow’.

“From the songs to the production, I wanted to focus on the raw aspects which made us great in the first place,” concludes Biff, “And living in that rawness, combined with some great classic Saxon-songwriting, has in my opinion made Saxon fresher than ever.”

Confirmed track listing:

01. Procession
02. Sacrifice
03. Made In Belfast
04. Warriors Of The Road
05. Guardians Of The Tomb
06. Stand Up And Fight
07. Walking The Steel
08. Night Of The Wolf
09. Wheels Of Terror
10. Standing In A Queue

Bonus Disc:

01. Crusader (Orchestrated version)
02. Just Let Me Rock (Re-recorded version)
03. Requiem (Acoustic version)
04. Frozen Rainbow (Acoustic version)
05. Forever Free (Re-recorded version)


• a limited edition deluxe digibook (including a bonus disc featuring the revisited classic tracks)
UDR 0150 CD

• a standard jewel case CD
UDR 0152 CD

• a vinyl LP picture disc
UDR 0153 LP

• a Direct to Consumer (D2C) fan package (available exclusively for online order from online retailers)
UDR 0156 D2C

• a digital download
UDR 0155

Alex Young - Christmas Kiss


Alex Young's "Christmas Kiss" is a special Holiday medley produced to provide relief, raise kid's spirits and brighten the holiday for those impacted by hurricane Sandy.


Funds raised through purchase of this song will provide toys and blankets for children, through the holiday season, whose lives have been turned upside down by this terrible storm.

To purchase this song click here 

Blackmoore's Night to release A Knight In New York

Ritchie Blackmore’s musical career is branded by an uncompromising faithfulness to his own musical ideals: he already distinguished himself as an ambitioned rock musician in Deep Purple and Rainbow. For the past 15 years, Blackmore‘s Night has shown a marked contrast to the two previously successful bands, making him one of the few musicians who has successfully formed and performed in three different musical genres. With “A Knight In York“, the third Blackmore’s Night DVD release, Ritchie, Candice Night and their band of minstrels take their devoted audience on a musical journey through the ages.

Recorded live on 30th September 2011, “A Knight In York“ will be out on 29th June 2012 (UK: 2nd July) on UDR/EMI and features identical track listings in the following formats: Special DVD + CD digipack deluxe edition; CD jewel case (audio), DVD, BluRay, double vinyl LP & digital formats, plus a special limited edition “Fan Package” (details to follow at www.udr-music.com).


Ritchie Blackmore: Electric and acoustic guitars, mandolin, mandola, hurdy – gurdy
Candice Night: Lead vocals, Renaissance wood winds, pennywhistles and tambourine
Earl Grey of Chimay: Bass, rhythm guitar
Bard David of Larchmont: Keyboards and vocals
Squire Malcolm of Lumley: drums and percussion
Gypsy Rose: Violin and harmony vocals
Minstrel Albert: Various medieval woodwinds
Special Guest: Autumn


• DVD + CD + Blu-ray Digipack (CD rack size)
• CD (Jewel Case) - UDR 0204 CD
• Double Vinyl LP 12“ (Gatefold) - UDR 0205 LP
• Digital (audio) - UDR 0207
• Digital (video) - UDR 0208
• D2C - UDR 0209 BOX


10/25/12 US Tarrytown, NY - Music Hall
10/26/12 US Stroudsburg, PA - Sherman Theater
10/28/12 US Wilmington, DE - World Café Live
11/02/12 US New York, NY - Concert Hall


01 Locked Within The Crystal Ball
02 Gilded Cage
03 The Circle
04 Journeyman
05 World Of Stone
06 The Peasant‘s Promise
07 Toast To Tomorrow
08 Fires At Midnight
09 Barbara Allen
10 Darkness
11 Dance Of The Darkness
12 Dandelion Wine
13 All The Fun Of The Fayre
14 First Of May



The silver eagle has finally landed for audiences worldwide!

After enjoying a limited “Fan Club Only” UK release, Heavy Metal Thunder – The Movie, Saxon’s wonderfully unfiltered and intimate account of their ascent to the upper echalons of heavy metal, will finally enjoy an international release this December. The double-disc set features the soon-to-be-celebrated story of Saxon, while the second disc is packed with bonus features including a full-length performance (on St. George’s Day) from April 23rd, 2008. Rivetingly honest, and including the frank memories of every musician who has played in the band, Heavy Metal Thunder – The Movie pieces together the earliest incarnations of Saxon, from frontman Biff Byford’s teenage years in the coalmines of Yorkshire and Son Of A Bitch (the first incarnation of Saxon) all the way through to top 10 hits and world tours. “Our music was more sort of machinery banging together, wheels turning, machines making noise,” says Biff of those early, industrial days, “It’s what Heavy Metal is all about. Heavy Metal is all about hard, big sounds bashing your skull in. I used to work in factories where big machinery made lot of noise and I used to sing along to the noises they made.”

It is a documentary which looks for all the world as though it’s a superbly crafted script, as much a tale of pure, honest, working class triumph as just another Rock n’ Roll story. Heavy Metal Thunder – The Movie shows every facet of Saxon on their journey without once diluting the true characters who make up the band. “We basically played every dump and shithole that there is in England over a period, probably just short of eight years,” laughs Biff. “You know classic cliché of transit van, up and down and we used to play more or less every night. One gig might be a good paying gig and the other one might be no money or ten quid but it was an obsession, you had to play every day.” These wonderfully naïve young men sought nothing more than a great gig, a good time and maybe a nice girl, before suddenly finding themselves on tour in the US, exposed to the sorts of things which (quite frankly) Barnsley simply didn’t offer in 1980. And from that point, Heavy Metal Thunder – The Movie, takes the viewer on a journey on a Rock n’ Roller of a journey encompassing it all from triumphs to tears to tea-bags and beyond.

Nothing is forsaken and nothing skipped. Despite the fact that to this day there remain problems between the Byford/Quinn and Oliver/Dawson parties, everyone tells the full unedited Saxon story with heartfelt honesty and integrity.

“We do have a great legacy,” says Byford, “whether you joined the band in 1994 or (as) an original member. There’s a legacy there and I’ve tried hard to not let people demean it and to spoil it and you have to look after that thing that is Saxon.”

Heavy Metal Thunder – The Movie will entertain, engage and charm fans and non-fans alike. That’s a truth as honest as the film itself…


• DVD Digipack (2 Discs)

• Blu-ray

For further information:

www.udr-music.com  .  saxon.udr-music.com  .  www.saxon747.com 

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